Police sources said the pastor was seriously injured. The source added that the incident occurred around 4 pm local time.
French Prime Minister Jean Castex told reporters that a “serious incident” had occurred, but “we don’t have the exact content yet.” Castex also stated that it will launch a “crisis center.”
The French Ministry of the Interior tweeted that a serious security incident had occurred near the Jean-Macé district of Lyon and a security cordon had been set up.
France on Thursday raised its national terror alert guidance to the highest “state of emergency” and will deploy up to 4,000 military personnel to enhance the safety of schools, churches and other places of worship.
Castex is in the village of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray in northern France. He went there on Saturday to check the new security measures taken after the Nice attack.